November 19, 2010


ME + me: "Go yourself!" (sang Jon Stewart, very nicely too)


   "La meilleure Philosophie, rélativement au monde, est d'allier, à son régard, le sarcasme de gaité avec l'indulgence du mépris."

    "L'honnête homme, détrompé des toutes les illusions, est l'homme par excellence."
   -- Chamfort

I continue being not well, and otherwise also as before, so I cannot do much. There again were no Nederlogs the last two days for that reason, and the reasons indicated by Chamfort, by whom you find more on my site here (complete in French, partially in English):

The previous Nederlog was about The human (all too human) tragi-comedy and today I have a few video links for you to similar effect, that amused me considerably - and indeed my title, that is "Go yourself!" is the rendition you will hear, although I think the original applies, and does often, as heartfelt feeling about politicians and their willing propagandists (and many more of our fellow men, dear reader, many more: I do know Jon Stewart's feeling, since it often is the only really appropriate one to liars and/or politically correct hypocrites and idiots of all kinds, also if left unspoken):

It helps to have a little background: Jon Stewart is a comedian - the only kind of human being that in these interesting times can speak the truth and get away with it, through making the public laugh - and a smart and funny guy; Fox News is an American corporation that puts out Republican Party propaganda as if it were news, and has - among others - Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Bernie Goldberg as "commentators" or "anchor men", and the last inspired Jon Stewart's song, linked above, as provided and introduced by Countdown, an American news program.

The next item is more Jon Stewart, this time satirising Glenn Beck, and doing this very well, as you may verify yourself in case you have seen and heard some of Beck's lunacies: He really is very much like Jon Stewarts depicts him, except that he is worse:

I linked a well done article on Beck from 2009, that starts as follows, and is well worth reading, if only to see what interesting times we live in and what manner of madmen help bring it about - and the links in the quotes are to more of articles on Beck and his antics:

Glenn Beck's well of ridiculous was deep and poisonous before he launched his Fox News show, but the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States -- and the permissive cheerleading of his Fox News honchos -- uncorked the former Morning Zoo shock jock's unique brand of vitriol, stage theatrics, and hyperbolic fright, making him an easy choice for Media Matters' 2009 Misinformer of the Year.

When he wasn't calling the president a racist, portraying progressive leaders as vampires who can only be stopped by "driv[ing] a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers," or pushing the legitimacy of seceding from the country, Beck obsessively compared Democrats in Washington to Nazis and fascists and "the early days of Adolf Hitler." He wondered, "Is this where we're headed," while showing images of Hitler, Stalin, and Lenin; decoded the secret language of Marxists; and compared the government to "heroin pushers" who were "using smiley-faced fascism to grow the nanny state."

Like his predecessor, Beck spat on scruples, frequently announcing his goal to get administration officials fired. He increasingly acted not as a media figure, but as the head of a political movement, while helping to bring fringe conspiracies of a one-world government into the national discourse.

Here is a little more from the article:

Beck alternately suggested that former White House adviser Van Jones or ACORN would kill him and that SEIU would break his legs. He stated that he "fear[s]" that he'll be silenced by a "thug-ocracy" that includes ACORN, SEIU, and Obama. Beck compared the Obama administration to the bat-wielding Al Capone from The Untouchables, claiming, "You take these guys on, and they will bash your brains out"; suggested that the administration was out to destroy him; argued that the Obama administration would use bombings of a Canadian pipeline to justify taking over oil companies; and suggested that government wants "more problems" so "they can use the iron fist and crush people."

Beck claimed the 2008 election was a coup conducted "through the guise of an election" and warned that "the country may not survive Barack Obama"; he hosted a guest who claimed the "only chance we have as a country right now is" for Osama bin Laden to "detonate a major weapon" in the United States. Beck charged the Obama administration with "putting a gun to America's head" through its approach to legislating, attacked White House advisers Cass Sunstein and John Holdren by stating that they "will be responsible for many, many deaths," and said the White House and progressives are "taking you to a place to be slaughtered."

Against the backdrop of this hyperbolic fright, Beck discussed poisoning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, encouraged his followers to "hold a meeting" with politicians "in front of their house," and encouraged people to attend a November rally in Washington to "see the whites of their eyes," warning, "There is coming a point to where the people will have exhausted all of their options; when that happens, look out."

Is Beck sane? The disquieting thing is that his manner of propaganda - whatever its motives, that probably are mixed anyway - is hugely popular, because there are very many unhappy dumb or ignorant folks, not only in the US.

For example... Glenn Beck seems to be the guru of the Dutch Aryan hair paint freak Geert Wilders, so you'll see that with such leaders of opinions and thinkers charting Our Western Civilization, there's hope for us all, to get a free re-education in one of the camps ("kampementen") the last mentioned gentleman fondly dreams of for all the unfit, undeserving, unhealthy or of alien backgrounds.

I mentioned George Carlin before. Here is a nice bit on George Carlin by The Young Turks (and as the links show, I wrote about each before):

This is a fine appreciation of Carlin, occassioned by his death. Here is an instructive speech by Carlin, commenting on the deceptive, lying, misleading abuse of language that is these decades also common to politicians and bureaucrats, as it was before in advertisements

Speaking of politics, one of the deviations of the PC norms Carlin and I share (but I started earlier) is this:

He explains why quite well, though there are more reasons, such as the answers given to this question:

Finally, here things and folks come together as in a Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory:

Most of the above is both instructive and amusing - and as TYT's ode to George Carlin rightly insists, you don't have to agree with Carlin or indeed with Stewart to be instructed and amused.

P.S. Another reason this is here that it does show something has changed, over the last twenty years or so,  in how politics works and is done, which seems mostly due to the combination of cable TV, internet, postmodernism, and the general levelling that happened in Western democracies (so called) as regards education.

On the other hand: The techniques of Julius Streicher and Joe McCarthy were similar, not more sane, and also quite succesfull for a while. One difference with the past is that with internet and cable TV propaganda of any kind gets spread much wider and easier and faster; another difference is that the same enables some good satire to get more widely known than it would have been otherwise.

P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz

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